Victoria’s COVID hotel quarantine scheme resumes for returned travellers as minor issues put to operators

The first night of Victoria’s revamped hotel quarantine program has gone without a hitch, the state government says, despite the arrival of one passenger with COVID-19 symptoms.

The state on Tuesday reported no locally acquired or overseas cases and no deaths, with 7043 test results received in the previous 24 hours.

Police Minister Lisa Neville, who is overseeing the new quarantine program, said the government had been preparing for five months.

“I’m absolutely confident that this program is robust and is going to deliver what we said it will,” she said.

Neville said the only issues so far had been minor, involving one traveller trying to get a treadmill delivered to his hotel room and others trying to order large amounts of alcohol.

Passengers are seen disembarking a SkyBus and entering a hotel quarantine facility at Pan Pacific Melbourne in Melbourne. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

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